The staff and volunteers at Children's Aid Societies (CAS) are committed to protect and provide assistance to vulnerable kids all across Ontario. There is great respect for these people who work hard to help the needy children.
CAS generally do not come under the ombudsman's jurisdiction, but it would now be possible to take a look into the society as the state Government has taken over the Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society.
Linda Williamson, Director of communications for the ombudsman's office, said that it is not clear whether the investigation will be conducted or not.
She said, "Everything has to be based on the number of complaints we get. We have to assess them and see if an investigation is warranted".
Ontario is the only province in Canada where ombudsman lacks the power to supervise child protection services, despite the fact that it receives several severe complaints against various societies each year.
It is worth noting that in the financial year 2009-2010, as many as 296 complaints regarding CAS were launched.
Since the year 2003, the financial support for the CAS has increased by more than 60% and in Ontario, funding for CAS has increased by $341 million. In 2009, a Commission for Sustainable Child Welfare was appointed to help CAS in funding.